‘Sing 2’ outperforms prequel with even stronger soundtrack

(from left) Pig Gunter (Nick Kroll), koala Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) and porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson) in Illumination’s Sing 2, written and directed by Garth Jennings.

Illumination’s new movie “Sing 2,” the sequel to fan favorite “Sing” released in late 2016, does not fail to impress. The captivating storyline, upbeat music and fantastic character development make this movie a must see for all.

The story picks up right where “Sing” left off, following the main character, theater owner Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) on his journey to direct an awardwinning play.

Moon and his cast hit the road en route to bustling Redshore City, where they convince Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale) to fund their sci-fi musical. Moon makes the promise of having rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono) perform in the show, but when it’s revealed that Calloway is in isolation, Moon must do whatever it takes to save his dream.

The best part about “Sing 2” is its outstanding development of previous characters while also adding refreshing new faces to the screen. The movie brings back all the fan favorites from “Sing,” like Johnny (Taron Egerton), Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) and Ash (Scarlett Johansson).

Returning characters play vital roles in the film, taking on new challenges and teaching viewers important lessons.

New additions such as Calloway and Porcha (Halsey) perfectly combine with the old characters to create an entertaining story to watch.

Often, the soundtracks in movies are forgotten minutes after viewers leave the theater. However, the songs on the “Sing 2” soundtrack are an instant addition to any playlist.

The songs performed throughout enhance the plot while also keeping viewers engaged and singing along. Songs such as Meena (Tori Kelly) and Alfonso’s (Pharrell Williams) “I Say a Little Prayer” and Johnny’s cover of “A Sky Full of Stars” completely set this movie’s soundtrack apart from any other.

The best song in the entire movie comes at the end when Ash and Calloway perform “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Not only is their on-screen performance of the song mind-blowing, but the blending of the characters’ voices with the crowd’s creates a beautiful ending to an outstanding movie.

The only flaw in the movie is the rushed introduction that bridges the start of “Sing 2” from the end of “Sing,” which could leave some viewers initially lost.

Most sequels to already great movies fail to keep the same level of excitement as the original. However, “Sing 2” absolutely blows away the original’s excitement and overall enjoyment. It will warm the hearts of everyone who watches along the way.